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About Diana Leon-Boys

Dr. Leon-Boys (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Her research and teaching interests are in critical media and cultural studies, Latinx studies, and girlhood studies. Her work focuses on the representation of girls of color in a post-network digital era against the backdrop of contemporary post-feminism and neoliberal frameworks.

Dr. Leon-Boys is a leader and developer of the subfield of Latina girls’ media studies. Her book manuscript in progress combines a critique of postfeminism, intersectional analysis, an exploration of girlhood studies, TV and film studies, theme park ethnographies, advertising and promotional cultural analysis, and ethnic and cultural studies analysis.

Some of her work has appeared in the journals Feministas Unidas, Journal of Children and Media, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and various edited collections such as: Latina/o/x Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice (2019), Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2018), and Teaching, Learning, and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education (2011).


Present Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Department of Communication


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Children and Media
2019 - Present Postgraduate Research Representative, International Girlhood Studies Association
2010 - Present Member, National Communication Studies Association
Member, Latina/o Studies Association
Member, NWSA Girls and Girls Studies Caucus
Member, National Communication Association
Member, National Women’s Studies Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2020 - Latinx Congratulatory Graduate Student Leadership Award, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019-2020 - University of Illinois Institute of Communications Research Block Grant, Fellowship University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  • 2013 - Outstanding Master’s Student Award, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015-2018 - University of Illinois Distinguished Fellowship


  • COM 4931 - Disney and the Politics of Popular Culture


2015 - 2020 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 - 2013 M.A., University of New Mexico
2006 - 2010 B.A., Southwestern University

Articles (5)

Book (1)

Book Chapters (4)

Book Reviews (3)